1 Chronicles 17:16 Who Am I That God Helps Me?

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Who am I, LORD God, and what is my family, that you have brought me this far? 1 Chronicles 17:16 

People want to feel important and needed. They want to believe that they are valuable. There are always arguments in the workplace that the worker has because he feels he deserves more pay than what he is getting. People feel tend to always feel that they deserve more than they are getting.

When people get a promotion or some other honor, most people feel as they got what they deserved, if not wanting yet more. This is often done is self pride.

David had decided that he wanted to build a temple for God. God loved his heart, but told him that he was not the one to do it, but his son would build the temple. God also told him that he would always have a son sitting on the throne.

David was overwhelmed with what God had said and asked who he was that God would do this for him. He did not get angry with God, but understood the favor that God was giving him, and could not understand it.

It is common for believers to develop the same attitude that the world has. They often feel that they deserve to have the best of everything, and then get upset when God does not give them  something they desire.

The reality is that no person really deserves anything but painful death from God. Sin has brought death upon every person, including believers. Yet, God loved people so much that He provided a way out of that death. He has given every believer unmerited favor upon their lives.

In every believer, God has poured out many blessings and His favor in ways that the world cannot understand.

Take a look at your own life. How has God blessed you over the days and years? Despite any situation you may be going through or have gone through, God has still given you great favor.

God has also spoken over your life and promised a great future. Your future includes eternal life with no more pain or suffering.

Over time God has already brought you through many things that you did not deserve to survive from. God did this because of His great love for you, not because you deserved anything.

Realize who you are in Christ Jesus. You are God’s child, because of Jesus, not because of you. Give God praise for what He has done for you and made you to be.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know what God has done for you; that you will praise God for His work in your life; and that you will live for God every day. 

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Joshua 21:45 No Failed Promises

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Not one of all the LORD’s good promises to Israel failed; every one was fulfilled. Joshua 21:45 

Every day millions of promises are made by people all over the world. These promises show up everywhere in life. Some are formal promises, written down in very long legal documents, promising to pay or do something. While many others are informal promises.

The informal promises show up as just a person promising to do something for someone else. It is common to see these promises made by family parents.

At the same time, millions of promises are broken every day. Payments are not made, busyness keeps people from doing things they promised, and life throws a curve ball to ‘excuse’ the person from the promise. Wedding vows to stayed married forever, regardless of what happens are broken daily.

Along with promises to people, there are many promises to God. People promise to follow Him, if He does something, yet they do not. They promise to give up a sin, but turn back with in moments.

Since people are very quick to break promises, many do not believe God’s promises to them. Yet, God is faithful. As the Israelites were settling into the new land, they could say that God had not failed in fulfilling any of His promises to them. Every promise was fulfilled and on time.

God has still not changed. Every promise He makes is or will be fulfilled. Believers can count on His promises. Knowing God’s promises will always be fulfilled can give hope to the believer in any situation he finds himself in. This can remove all fear or doubt in his mind and bring about a supernatural peace.

There is no longer any reason to fear or worry about anything. God has promised to take care of those who are His.

As a believer, you may also trust God’s promises to you. Read through the Bible and see the hundreds of promises God has made. Also take note of how all of them were fulfilled.

God is not like people, in which He will break His promise to you. You no longer have to have any worry or fear in your life. Trust God with everything, and He will be faithful in His word and take care of you, regardless of how things look.

God is in control and is perfect love. He will never break His word to you.

I pray today that you will know the fulfilled promises of God; that you will know you can trust God’s promises to you; that you will see God’s promises being fulfilled in your life; and that you will trust God’s word for you.

John 20:27 Stop Doubting & Believe

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Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.” John 20:27

Many of the disciples had seen Jesus after his death and resurrection, however, Thomas had not. Thomas had stated that unless he could put his hands in the holes in Jesus’ hands and feet, he would not believe.

Jesus appeared to the disciples and told Thomas to put his hands in the holes. Then He said to stop doubting and believe.

Doubt is something that runs high among people all over the world. People doubt many different things. This is not surprising since the devil is a liar and lies bring about doubt. People cannot always know for certain whether what someone is saying is true or not. There is a lot of falsehood in this world, under many different disguises.

Sadly many people doubt that Jesus rose from the dead or is the Savior of the world.

What is more sad, is that many believers, those who claim to believe in and follow Jesus, often doubt His words.

Throughout the bible God has made many promises to those who believe in Him. Jesus promised to meet the believers every need; to remove all sin; to save for all eternity; and would never leave or forsake the believer.

Yet, when things are going rough, many stop believing His words and begin to doubt the bible. Many believers begin to worry about how things are going to turn out, because they are doubting God’s word. Fear and anxiety trouble many believers.

Although a believer cannot reach out and physically touch Jesus, he can look at God’s word and see what God has already done in His life and in the lives of others. When he sees that, he must stop doubting and start believing.

When you begin to doubt God, stop and look at your own life. Take note of how many times God has provided for you or His promises are seen in your life.

Now stop worrying about what is happening, and start believing the words of Jesus. Hide His word in your heart to remember what He said. Refuse to follow the ways of this world and doubt the truth.

Know the truth about Jesus and stop doubting. Stop doubting and start believing that God is with you and for you.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will believe that Jesus is alive; that you will believe all the words of God; and that you will no longer have any doubt in God’s promises. 

Mark 5:36 Don’t Be Afraid

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Overhearing what they said, Jesus told him, “Don’t be afraid; just believe.” Mark 5:36

Jairus was trying to get Jesus come to heal his daughter. While he was talking to Jesus, some people came and told him that his daughter had died. Jesus told him not to be afraid, but to just believe.

When a person has a loved one who is dying, he is often filled with fear. Fear brings on panic. He is filled with panic that the person will not be healed in time.

People often run to the emergency room wanting the sick person to be taken care of immediately. When the ER personnel do not move fast enough, the person panics and gets upset. They are afraid that the doctors are not moving quick enough to take care of their loved one.

In this life people cannot fully see the big picture or the future. They cannot see what is going to happen next. All they can see is the present.

The future can often look bleak and dark with no hope. The doctor gives a diagnosis that is negative with no hope. The answer seems to be that there will only be death in the end.

Having no hope is often seen in sickness, but can also show up in the finances, unemployment, marriages, and many other areas of life. The world tells people to give up and quit because there is no hope. As with Jairus’ daughter, he was told to quit because she was dead.

In Christ Jesus, people have a hope that the world cannot see. He is the God of life and healing. God may not always reveal what is going to happen next, but a believer can know that it is for the best. 

You can know the promise of God that He will provide for your every need. You can also know the promise that God will never leave you or forsake you. Know all the promises of God for your life.

All of God’s promises are based on His perfect love for you. With His perfect love in your life, it will cast out all fear. You have no reason to be afraid, no matter what is thrown at you in this life. All you have to do is just believe the promises of God. Trust God and believe what He said and you will not be afraid.

I pray today that you will know the promises of God; that God’s peace will be in your life; that you will not be afraid of anything; and that you will believe all God’s promises to you.

Psalm 77:11-12 When God Is Silent

I will remember the deeds of the LORD; yes, I will remember all your works and meditate on all your mighty deeds. Psalm 77:11-12

There are times in the lives of people when God is silent. They are going through difficult times that do not seem to end. The world seems to be winning the battle.

At these times, the world likes to say that God does not really exist, or is not really in control. Believers begin to wonder if they really had ever heard God speak before and if the world may be correct. Many will spend hours crying out to God for an answer, lying awake during the night in fear as they cry out to God.

Others will start to blame themselves for God being so silent. They will confess sins and ask to be forgiven on sins that had been confessed a dozen times. They may begin to question whether they are really believers or not.

The psalmist in this passage had some of those same questions. He wondered whether God would reject them forever or not. He questioned whether God had failed in His promises or not. These are the same questions people ask to this day.

However, the psalmist then says that He will remember the deeds and miracles God had done in the past. He will then focus and meditate on those good things.

There will come times in your life when you feel that God has rejected you. God will be silent and appear to be leaving you all on your own. You may be crying out to God for help and appearing to get no answer.

When these times occur, turn your focus on who God is and what He has done. Read the Bible and learn how others had times where God was silent. Learn how there were times when God seemed far away. Yet, God always fulfilled His promises.

God will not reject you. You have to be the one to walk away. During these times, God may be testing you to build your trust in Him higher. If you read the Bible, you know that God will never leave or forsake you, and that He will always fulfill His promises. Now stand on that and meditate on those things that God had done in your life.

God will speak again at the right time.

I pray today that you will know God’s presence in your life; that you will trust God is with you; that you will meditate on what God has done for you; and that you will remember all that God has done.

1 Kings 8:24 God Did It

You have kept your promise to your servant David my father; with your mouth you have promised and with your hand you have fulfilled it–as it is today. 1 Kings 8:24

David had wanted to build a temple for God, but God prevented him from doing so, stating that his son, Solomon, would be the one to build the temple. Solomon did build the temple and when it was finished he gave God praise for it. Solomon recognized that it was God who made it happen and had fulfilled His promise to David in getting the temple built.

Everywhere a person goes there are people doing something. There is always someone building something, changing something, and starting or stopping something. Most of these people will look at what is being done as the work of their own hands. Very few will recognize others in the process and even fewer will acknowledge the hand of God in the process.

God is the One who is ultimately behind anything that is being done that is good. It is God who gives a person breath and life. It is God who gives a person the ability to do anything. In addition to all these things, for a true believer, it is God who guides and directs in getting something done.

God has made many promises to you and every other believer. Some of these promises are very specific to a very specific person, such as the promise to David that Solomon would build the temple. While other promises are generalized to all believers, such as that Jesus will return one day and bring every believer home to heaven.

The one thing that is common to all the promises of God is that He did fulfill them or will fulfill them someday. It was His hand that fulfilled the promise. Even though Solomon had the temple built, he acknowledged that it was God who built it.

Look at the promises God has given you and fulfilled in your past. It is easy to look at the things you did and take full credit for it, but who gave you that ability and fulfilled those promises to you?

God has never broken a promise to anyone and He will not start with you. He fulfills every promise He makes. He did it for Solomon and He will do it for you also.

I pray today that you will know the promises of God; that you will know God’s plan for your life; that you will trust God’s work in your life; and that you will know it is God’s hand that fulfills every promise in your life.

Genesis 15:1 Your Shield And Reward

“After this, the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision: Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your very great reward.” Genesis 15:1

Abram had moved away from Ur. He and his nephew, Lot, separated to different areas. Several kings of the area decided to go to war with Lot and captured him. Abram went in and rescued lot. Later God gives Abram a vision that He would be his shield and great reward.

People look to many different things to protect them. The most common things are a large bank account, retirement fund, a job, or family. It is commonly thought that if a person has enough money, nothing can hurt them. Yet, even with all the money in the world, none of it will stop some forms of cancer or other sicknesses. Even in great jobs, people get laid off. Family turns on each other or move away. These things are all temporary and cannot be relied upon.

God is the only one who is there through it all. He will be your shield that no weapon can get through. No army is large enough to break through God’s defenses. The only thing that is allowed to get past God is what He allows. Everything that He allows to get through is for your own good.

This is where He is also your great reward. What better thing could you have than God on your side? He provides abundantly for all of your needs.

God is not just some temporary reward, like a large bank account or retirement fund. God is there for all eternity, day and night. He is always available and trustworthy.

Bank accounts, jobs, and family will all fail at times. God will never fail you.

Abram wondered how God would reward him since he did not have a son. In time God gave him a son in a miraculous way. God gave him many nations and through him all nations were blessed.

What can God do for and through you?

Are you looking to God as your great shield and reward?

I pray today that you will know how God shields you; that you will know the reward you have in Jesus; that you will know God is for you; and that you will trust God in every situation in your life.